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River Phoenix (1970–1993)


River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally Catholic, while Arlyn was born Jewish). By the time ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

My Own Private Idaho
My Own Private Idaho Mike Waters
(1991)
Stand by Me
Stand by Me Chris Chambers
(1986)
The Mosquito Coast
(1986)
Running on Empty
Running on Empty Danny Pope
(1988)

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 2012 Dark Blood
Boy
 1993 The Thing Called Love
James Wright
 1993 Silent Tongue
Talbot Roe
 1992 Sneakers
Carl
 1992 Red Hot Chili Peppers: Breaking the Girl (Video short)
River Phoenix
 1991 Dogfight
Eddie Birdlace
 1991 My Own Private Idaho
Mike Waters
 1990 I Love You to Death
Devo
 1988 Running on Empty
Danny Pope
 1988 Little Nikita
Jeff Grant
 1986 Ben E. King: Stand by Me (Video short)
River Phoenix
 1986 The Mosquito Coast
Charlie
 1986 Stand by Me
Chris Chambers
 1986 Circle of Violence: A Family Drama (TV Movie)
Chris Benfield
 1985 Family Ties (TV Series)
Eugene Forbes
- My Tutor (1985) ... Eugene Forbes
 1985 Explorers
Wolfgang Müller
 1985 Surviving (TV Movie)
Philip Brogan
 1985 Robert Kennedy and His Times (TV Mini-Series)
Robert Kennedy Jr.
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Robert Kennedy Jr.
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Robert Kennedy Jr. (credit only)
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Robert Kennedy Jr. (credit only)
 1984 Hotel (TV Series)
Kevin
- Transitions (1984) ... Kevin (uncredited)
 1984 It's Your Move (TV Series)
Brian
- Pilot (1984) ... Brian
 1984 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Brian Ellsworth
- Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia (1984) ... Brian Ellsworth
 1984 Celebrity (TV Mini-Series)
Jeffie - Age 11
- Part 3 (1984) ... Jeffie - Age 11
- Part 2 (1984) ... Jeffie - Age 11
 1982-1983 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (TV Series)
Guthrie McFadden
- Roundup (1983) ... Guthrie McFadden
- A Ring for Hannah (1983) ... Guthrie McFadden
- Winner (1983) ... Guthrie McFadden
- Winter Roses (1983) ... Guthrie McFadden
- The Rescue (1983) ... Guthrie McFadden
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Commercials 1980-1982: for Ocean Spray juice, Saks Fifth Avenue and Mitsubishi See more »

Publicity Listings:

7 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 22 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

River

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

I'm having a kind of hard time keeping my head above water in this crazy business. See more »

Trivia:

Nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in Sidney Lumet's Running on Empty (1988), Phoenix lost out to Kevin Kline for his performance in A Fish Called Wanda (1988). At the time of the Academy Awards ceremony in March, 1989, Kline and Phoenix were filming the movie I Love You to Death (1990). Sitting in the audience, Phoenix applauded enthusiastically when his co-star's name was ... See more »

Trademark:

Portraying innate emotional vulnerability

Nickname:

Rio See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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